This page provides the information our families need for our 2020-21 school year.
Check back here for updates.
Quick Access to Important Links:
100% Virtual Learning Overview
COVID-19 Screening Guidelines
CDC List of Possible COVID Symptoms
ISDOH Guidelines for exposure / symptoms and testing
January 12, 2021 Message to Families:
ICS Return To Hybrid Learning & Placement Details
Dear ICS Families,
Our leadership team has been reviewing the data and findings that Dr. Virginia Caine, Director for Marion County Public Health Department, issued last week. To summarize, MCPHD cites that there is very minimal COVID-19 virus spread occurring in schools. Also, as educators, we are aware that our students need to be back in school as much as possible. Thus, we are planning to return to our hybrid schedule on Thursday, January 28, 2021.
With our hybrid start date finalized, we want to give you an opportunity to review your scholar’s cohort or virtual learning placement and make any requests for adjustments by re-submitting any relevant surveys by 9:00 AM this Thursday, January 14.
Please review the PDF attached to our email for your scholar’s tentative virtual/cohort placement.
If your scholar’s placement/selections are correct, there is no further action needed.
If your scholar’s indicated placement or any selection does not work for your family, please submit surveys for any changes needed at the links provided in the information sent to you by 9:00 AM Thursday, January 14.
Cohort 2’s first days of in-person learning will be Thursday and Friday, January 28 and 29. Cohort 1’s first days of in-person learning will be Monday and Tuesday, February 1 and 2. We have chosen these dates in order to effectively facilitate the PSAT exam on our campuses on Tuesday, January 26.
Here is a calendar of the next three weeks based on these decisions:
Additionally, we are still awaiting information from the state in order to solidify February ISTEP testing dates for all 11th graders and some 12th graders. In order to accommodate social distancing for in-person testers, all classes will be held virtually for all other students on those dates. We will communicate them as soon as they are available.
During hybrid learning, we will maintain the same safety protocols that we implemented last semester. And, we ask that you and your student(s) continue to be vigilant about maintaining your healthy routines.
We will continue to closely monitor local COVID-19 data and guidance. We anticipate that one of our ongoing challenges will be full staffing coverage when faculty and staff have need to isolate or quarantine. If you or someone in your community is interested in becoming a Guest Teacher to help us in this season, please contact Cheri West at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please reach out to your Head of School with questions as we prepare for this transition.
12/17/20 Message to Families
Dear ICS Families,
We have made an adjustment to the school schedule for the week of January 4 in order to best accommodate a strong start to the Second Semester.
The new adjusted schedule can be found here.
Remember that we will continue with virtual learning through at least January 15.
Note: Final Exam Makeups on January 6
If your student was absent for an exam the week of 12/14, please be sure to email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or call 317-231-0010 to report the reason for the absence. Students who were absent for their exam period should plan to take their make-up final on January 6 following this schedule:
10:00 – English
11:00 – Math
12:00 – Social Studies
1:00 – Science
2:00 – World Languages
3:00 – Fine Arts
If your student has more than four exams to take, please have them coordinate with either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Additional Key Dates for Quarter 3
Monday, January 18: No School, MLK Day
Tuesday, January 26: Office Hour Day / PSAT Testing for select 10th and 11th grade students
Wednesday, January 27: B-Day
Friday, February 12: No School, President’s Day Weekend
Monday, February 15: No School, President’s Day Weekend
Friday, March 26 – Sunday April 4: No School, Spring Break
Best wishes for a healthy, safe Winter Break.
11/20/20 Message to Families
Dear ICS Families,
This has been an extremely challenging school year. We know that COVID-19 has impacted all of us and that many of our students are having a difficult time adapting to life amidst the pandemic. During this difficult time, we are committed to maintaining high standards and providing a world-class education for all of our students. While our expectation for college preparatory standards will not waiver, we have also increased resources to support students’ social-emotional needs and academic success, and we have also made adjustments to our instructional routines to best support students with virtual learning. To ensure all families are aware of the adjustments, resources, and the best way to use them to support your students, a bulleted list with explanations is below.
Advising: The counseling department is available to support students with social – emotional needs as well as time management strategies. We also partner with Eskenazi to provide mental health counseling for students. You can reach our counseling team at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Engagement Resources: To support teachers with engaging students while learning virtually we have purchased the following resources and provided professional development for our teachers to use them effectively: Ed Puzzle, Google Classroom, Pear Deck, and Zoom. Google Classroom calendar can assist students with organizing their day, class assignments, and due dates.
Homework: Students will only be assigned 30 minutes or less of homework per class in all standard classes and 45 minutes or less in Advanced Placement and Honors classes. These homework guidelines will begin 11/30/20.
Late Passes: Students have 3 late passes each quarter to use on practice assignments and 1 late pass for AP classes. Please refer to the handbook for all late pass guidance
Office Hours: Students are encouraged to check in with their teachers on Wednesdays during designated office hours. Students should also use Wednesdays to review course content, study and complete assignments.
Remediation Passes: Students can remediate two mastery assignments ( test, quizzes or other mastery attempt) each quarter per class following teachers guidelines.
Study/Work Time: During virtual learning students have approximately 30 minutes between each class period and a 60 minute lunch. In addition to taking brain and stretch breaks, students are encouraged to use this time to complete coursework and homework assignments. Students also have a 75 minute seminar period that they are not required to log in for; students should utilize the time to study and complete coursework and homework assignments.
Lastly, we wanted to share about the Community Learning Sites that are being provided in Indianapolis at no charge to families. You can learn more and find a list of locations and contacts on this site: https://www.communitylearningsites.org/
Please don’t hesitate to contact school leadership teams with questions, concerns or suggestions to support your student. We are all in this together and we appreciate your support.
Indianapolis Classical Schools Administration
ICS Returns to 100% Virtual Instruction
Indianapolis Classical Schools is suspending its hybrid learning model and returning to 100% Virtual Instruction beginning November 18, 2020 until at least January 15, 2021, as required by Marion County guidance.
Please refer to the ICS Virtual Learning Overview for daily scheduling, attendance requirements and resources.
Download Virtual Learning Overview
Read Full Letter from ICS Leadership Team
ICS Collaboration and External Links
Marion County Health Department COVID-19 Information
Indiana State Board of Health Covid-19 Testing Information
Free Face Masks for Marion County Residents
Center for Disease Control Information on COVID-19